CBD has amazing potential to help numerous chronic medical conditions such as intractable pain, nervous system conditions, and mental health conditions. This is a miracle for everyone suffering but is not necessarily a new discovery as research has been ongoing for some time now. CBD also only has minute amounts of THC in it, unlike marijuana or full extract cannabis oil. Finally, our government is showing some transformation in their laws, allowing CBD to be sold openly (within certain regulations) and the approval of private cannabis consumption and growing. With that said, let’s take a look at the differences between CBD and F.E.C.O. oils.
When it comes to CBD, F.E.C.O. is typically known as Full Extract Cannabis Oil and involves the entire plant. This includes leaves, buds and stem which are then mixed with oil. It can then be transformed into creams, salves, and a variety of other products. However, it is only approved as long as it is within the legal limits – you may not dose more than 20mg per day and the product may not contain more than 0.001% THC. F.E.C.O. usually contains certain grades of coconut or olive oil as the main body. This can then be dosed into capsules, used topically or mixed with food, or the number of other consumption methods.
What is F.E.C.O.
CBD has exploded onto the South African market since the changes in legislation earlier this year. Are you sure of what product you’re using?
CBD (cannabidiol) is extracted through a CO2 process and can come in potent levels, typically from 250mg up to 3000mg in a tincture bottle. Prices can vary depending on quality, CBD amount and the millilitre size – they can be small 5ml to 30ml larger bottles. CBD can dramatically change medical concerns, but quite obviously – the more severe your condition, the higher the dose you will need. Seeing as there is little regulation, there is no exact dosing guide – so talking to your doctor or starting low and going slow is smartest. It really depends on your chronic condition as well as your biodiversity as cannabis impacts people differently.
Another research study was published in the Journal of Pancreatic Cancer. The study, titled Potential Use of Cannabinoids for the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer analyzed the impact of CBD and THC on pancreatic cancer. The study suggests, “CBD and THC appear to have antiproliferative and proapoptotic effects.” Even so, the study also recognizes that “[c]linical studies on the utility of cannabinoids in the treatment of pancreatic cancer are lacking and urgently needed.”
As with any research study, such studies should be viewed with caution. Many more research studies are needed to determine the efficacy, safety, and effectiveness of FECO. At this point, there is little to no evidence showing that FECO has any beneficial qualities or is able to support cancer therapy or other medical treatment. More alarming is that there are side effects associated with FECO.
Research Studies on FECO
Of the studies conducted, one recent study was by India’s Amit University. The study, published in the Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics, seems to conclude that cannabis may be able to relieve some of the effects of cancer. According to the study, “Medicinal research and meta-data analysis over the last few decades have shown a significant potential for both THC and cannabidiol (CBD) to exert palliative effects. People suffering from many forms of advanced stages of cancers undergo chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting followed by severe and chronic neuropathic pain and weight loss. THC and CBD exhibit effective analgesic, anxiolytic, and appetite-stimulating effect on patients suffering from cancer.”
At this point, it cannot be concluded that FECO is safe or effective based on the very few research studies. Further, due to the high THC content, the side effects, and lack of evidence surrounding FECO, it should be viewed with caution. In addition, individuals considering cannabis for medical conditions should talk to their doctor, and should review the medical marijuana laws in their state. Although some states have medical cannabis programs for qualifying patients, cannabis is illegal under federal law and is scheduled as a Schedule I substance. Cannabis is illegal in the United States under federal law and is classified as a Schedule I substance.
In addition to psychological symptoms, it can cause physical symptoms as well:
FECO (full extract cannabis oil) and RSO (Rick Simpson Oil) are highly-concentrated forms of cannabis in which the whole plant is extracted and used. This process offers a broad spectrum or full-spectrum representation of the full cannabinoid and terpene profile found in that cannabis strain or cultivar. The main difference between FECO and RSO ultimately boils down to the solvent used when the cannabis is processed during the extraction process.
Anthony / High Tolerance
I greatly enjoy Siskiyou Sungrown RSO. They were the first brand to bring Rick Simpson Oil to the cannabis market in Oregon. They use great bio-mass for their product.
What is FECO?
The traditional method for FECO (full extract cannabis oil) uses ethanol to extract all the terpenes, cannabinoids, THC/CBD, and other beneficial elements found in cannabis. FECO is produced at low temperatures and is often extracted utilizing ethanol or CO2 as a solvent. Through the use of this process, more of the cannabinoids are retained in the remaining resin extract.
Madeline / Low Tolerance
While FECO oils and RSO oils are considered to be extremely beneficial and helpful for people with severe illnesses, such as cancer, fibromyalgia, anxiety, PTSD, epilepsy, and other conditions, they are not the right choice for everyone. Both RSO oil and FECO oil are stronger than other cannabis oils, and many patients should start with a very small dosage to understand how it affects them. A secondary choice would be looking into CBD / THC oil products.